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Prosecutor says U.S. voting leak to Chinese workers 'probably largest data breach in U.S. history'

CEO arrested after allegations of storing sensitive data with Chinese contractors.

Published: October 18, 2022 2:48pm

Updated: October 18, 2022 4:31pm

A major scandal involving the storage of sensitive voting data with Chinese-based third-party contractors is potentially the biggest such leak in the history of the United States, a prosecutor has alleged in court. 

Grace concerns over election and national security have been raised in recent weeks with the indictment and arrest of Eugene Yu, the founder and CEO of the U.S.-based election software company Konnech. 

Yu has been charged with grand theft and embezzlement related to his work at the company, but prosecutors have further claimed that the organization of the firm under his control presented a major domestic security threat, with Chinese third-party contractors reportedly being given "superadministration access" to sensitive poll worker information. 

In court last week, meanwhile, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff suggested the extent of the security lapse was of massively historic proportions.

"This is probably the largest data breach in United States history," Neff said in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, according to reporting from the Epoch Times.

Yu himself has been released on a $500,000 bond, directed to stay in Los Angeles, and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. 

His next hearing pursuant to the charges against him is Nov. 17. 

Konnech deploys the voting software PollChief, which the company on its website advertises as being present in "thousands of election offices" around North America.

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